The Piroslife project tracking team has captured new video images of the bear video in the Val d’Aran

Technicians from the tracking team of the Piroslife project have recorded aerial images of the Goiat bear in the Pyrenees of the Val d’Aran. The animal, which was released in June 2016 within the framework of this European project to bring genetic variability to the population of bears in the Pyrenees, has a GPS emitter collar that monitors its movements.

After days without practically any changes in its location, the technicians wanted to verify their physical state, as well as the correct operation of the bear tracking system. Thus, they have moved to the area to check their optimal state, and that of the collar that allows tracking the movements of the plantigrade. The team has also found a dead half ungulate half-buried, which has served as a food for the bear these last days, which explains its lack of movements.

A project promoted by Europe

The consolidation of the presence of the brown bear in the Pyrenees is one of the objectives of the Piroslife project, promoted by the European Commission within the Life-Natura programs. The objective is to contribute to the implementation of the Community directive on the conservation of nature in order to maintain and improve natural habitats and animal and plant species of community interest in the designated areas within the Natura 2000 Network.

The coordinating partner of the project is the Department of Territory and Sustainability, as well as the General Council of Aran, Forestal Catalana, the University of Lleida and the Brown Bear Foundation.